Oxford United defender Rob Dickie is a target for a number of Championship clubs this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The powerful defender started his career with Reading, who are one of the clubs keeping tabs on him. After loan spells with Cheltenham, where he won the National League, Basingstoke and Lincoln City, he moved to the Kassam Stadium in the winter window of 2018.
The former England Under 19 international and currently has a year left on his deal with Oxford United but could find himself on the move in the summer. He’s already been the subject of speculation this year; Southampton and Burnley were thought to be looking at him also.
Dickie, who was handed the captain’s armband at Oxford, has been polishing a reputation as a fearless, ball-playing defender with true leadership potential and whilst a move to a top-flight club might see him loaned out, the Championship does seem a natural step for him.
The report concludes that both Fulham and Middlesbrough are now keeping tabs on him, with a view to a summer swoop. Oxford certainly won’t want to lose their star defender, but the double exit of Baptiste and Fosu on deadline day proved every player has their price. His development since joining The U’s has been rapid; he’s turned into a stalwart of their back four and helped make the departure of Curtis Nelson seamless in the summer.
Dickie has played 65 times for Oxford, scoring twice.
Rob Dickie is a player who gets better with every game. He’s composed on the ball, able in the air and was able to captain a successful side at the tender age of 24. His guidance appears to have seen Oxford into a play-off spot and as yet, he might make the Championship with them.
However, the lure of a big-money deal might tempt the Oxford hierarchy to cash in and spread those funds around the rest of the squad, particularly in light of the recent situation in the game.